Thus far, Nintendo hasn't given an exact reason for this decision, only saying that the NES Classic was never meant to be a long-running product.
KitGuru Says: The NES Mini is selling far above its actual value on sites like eBay, which isn't exactly fair on Nintendo fans who genuinely wanted to pick up the console.
A new rumbling is happening on the web and it's about another retro console making a comeback.
Following the surprise discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, Eurogamer reports that Nintendo will release a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) microconsole around Christmas time later this year. According to the sources quoted in the report, Nintendo is likely to continue with its current branding and call it Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Like the NES mini, the SNES mini will be a plug and play device that comes pre-installed with a number of games. We only wish more people could have gotten one. It's not clear if the mini SNES would come with an equal number of titles, or perhaps more.
It's clear then that Nintendo is treating these releases as special ones, rather than adding both the NES Mini and SNES Mini to its long-term production plans.
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The reported Mini SNES is coming this year. Hopefully, if the rumors are true and the next Mini console by Nintendo is SNES Mini, it'll become as popular as the NES Classic Mini. Nintendo pulled the NES Classic from its website not long ago and from retailers across the country.
For the uninitiated, the NES Mini launched past year.
It looks like Nintendo has another video game console planned for 2017, and it's a throwback to the early 1990s.
Mini in November a year ago at Christmas time, and it managed to ship more than 1.5 million units worldwide of the palm-sized version of the 1983 classic.
It is also unsure whether it aims to correct some of the glaring problems with NES Classic, such as its unit shortages, and its ridiculously short controller cable.